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City Connections on Climate and Energy

Laura Woolsey Analyst

The Urban Transport Group has released a report focusing on the connections that can be made on climate at the city region level between transport, energy and the built environment. The group, which represents seven strategic transport bodies in the West Midlands, issued its report on 14 November. It highlights the importance of cities in their contribution to more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. It also considers their ability to reduce their emissions faster than the national average through innovative projects, initiatives and policies. The report outlines how resources across the UK and Europe are being deployed to improve infrastructure to increase climate change resilience and help achieve the increasing number of net zero pledges. This includes increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and how transport investment is targeted. Many projects are expected to provide additional socio-economic benefits as well as carbon reductions. The report also suggests that a shift back to local authorities providing services and developing infrastructure directly is beginning. This includes direct operation of mass transit systems, taking control of local bus networks, council house building, establishing council-owned development and not-for-profit energy companies and combined heat and power projects. Nottingham is a city is used as an example for making strong climate connections in an increasingly systematic way. As well as setting a target to become the first carbon neutral city in the UK by 2028, Nottingham has focused on low emission public transport infrastructure, establishment of a council-owned energy supply company and increasing the sustainability of municipal buildings. ...

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